ZGBriefs | October 29, 2015
New areas of the Forbidden City open to visitors (October 27, 2015, Jottings from the Granite Studio) The Palace Museum at the Forbidden City opened four new areas to the public this past month, a move which coincided with the 90th anniversary of the museum’s founding. The opening of new...
ZGBriefs | October 31, 2019
Houses divided (October 24, 2019, World Magazine) Hong Kong pastors walk a fine line between members who support protests and members who support police.
ZGBriefs | October 3, 2019
An app in exile (September 26, 2019, World) WeDevote is China’s most popular Bible app, but Communist officials keep trying to shut it out of the country.
ZGBriefs | October 4, 2018
China Unbound: What An Emboldened China Means For The World (October 2, 2018, NPR) It's time to say it has risen. But what does an emboldened China mean for the world?
ZGBriefs | October 5, 2017
10 Chinese Christians the Western Church Should Know (October 3, 2017, Christianity Today) These saints who played such an essential role in the establishment of an explicitly Chinese church deserve to be recognized for their service. May their stories inspire new generations of women and men in China and beyond to...
ZGBriefs | October 6, 2016
How China got its name, and what Chinese call the country (October 5, 2016, South China Morning Post) During periods when the Chinese nation was unified under one ruling house, the name of the dynasty was also the name of the nation, thus “the Great Tang”, “the Great Qing”...
ZGBriefs | October 8, 2015
Population to peak in 2025 (October 7, 2015, China Daily) A lower-than-expected fertility rate means China's population will peak in 2025, something the country's leadership will have to seriously consider when drawing up its forthcoming national development blueprint, said a senior Chinese demographic expert in Brussels. China's population is...
ZGBriefs: Readers Top Picks for 2013
Since it's the end of the year, we decided to jump on the "Top Posts" bandwagon that is careening through the blogosphere. However, since each ZGBriefs post includes dozens of stories, we are highlighting here the top ten most clicked links of the year in other words, your favorite stories....
ZGBriefs | September 10, 2015
Driven to Kill: Why drivers in China intentionally kill the pedestrians they hit. (September 4, 2015, Slate) Most people agree that the hit-to-kill phenomenon stems at least in part from perverse laws on victim compensation. In China the compensation for killing a victim in a traffic accident is relatively...
ZGBriefs | September 1, 2016
China: When the Cats Rule (August 26, 2016, New York Review of Books) But it’s in Cat Country that Lao She stretches himself the furthest, producing one of the most remarkable, perplexing, and prophetic novels of modern China. On one level it is a work of science fiction—a visit to a...
ZGBriefs | September 12, 2019
Choice Chengyu: Lunar Language (September 11, 2019, The World of Chinese) Held on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, the Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the most important Chinese festivals. On this day, people reunite with their families and eat mooncakes.
ZGBriefs | September 13, 2018
China cracks down on 'chaotic' religious information online (September 10, 2018, The Guardian) All organisations promoting religious messages on the internet will have to apply for licenses.
ZGBriefs | September 14, 2017
How I Help Students Cheat Their Way to Academic Success (September 12, 2017, Sixth Tone) I knew what I was doing was unethical, but I also knew I didn’t have enough cash to get through the month.
ZGBriefs | September 15, 2016
That was a stupid idea — until we thought of it: The cultural phenomenon of squatting toilets, split pants and giant hickeys (September 11, 2016, The Culture Blend) Maybe, the most prominent recent example of “it was stupid until we thought of it” has been brought to us by 23 time...
ZGBriefs | September 17, 2015
How the Piano Became Chinese (September 6, 2015, Caixin Online) Indeed, though China in the 1600s had numerous rich musical traditions that employed both domestic and imported instruments, it had nothing resembling the clavichord, a stringed keyboard instrument and predecessor of the piano. That's why Ricci chose it, hoping...
ZGBriefs | September 19, 2019
No Shenfenzheng, No Problem: China to Roll out Real-Time Passport Authentication for Foreigners (September 17, 2019, The Beijinger) Whether you hold a B-grade work visa or are just coming to China for a lark, your name and passport information will soon be added to a national expat ID authentication platform…
ZGBriefs | September 20, 2018
Land of a billion road trips: Chinese tourists are ditching buses for their own steering wheels (September 18, 2018, The Globe and Mail) On the rise of road-tripping in China.
ZGBriefs | September 21, 2017
The Unprecedented Reach of China’s Surveillance State (September 15, 2017, China File) The Chinese Party-state is building a social credit system for collecting information about all of its citizens by police, courts, and other institutions. This enables the government to reach into society to a degree unprecedented in history....
ZGBriefs | September 22, 2016
Being Christian in China's Jerusalem (September 18, 2016, BBC) Danny Vincent travels to Wenzhou to meet Pastor Zhang, an illegal pastor in one of the thousands of underground churches that serve the millions of Chinese Christians. However, he also meets a pastor from a government registered church who defends...
ZGBriefs | September 24, 2015
China’s gospel valley: Churches thrive among the Lisu people (September 22, 2015, Christian Century) Pastor Jesse’s mud-plastered Mitsubishi SUV jolted wildly along the newly dug dirt road that zigzagged up the mountainside toward the construction site of the new church. We stopped to let a pedestrian squeeze by, a...